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Google Doodle Talk

Discussion in 'Book Lovers' started by Iravati, Sep 28, 2017.

  1. Iravati

    Iravati Platinum IL'ite

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    Hey, I am creating this space to talk about Google Doodle. For months, I have been fascinated with the Google Doodle. The people, the events, the feats and the creativity that goes in the simple design of the doodle itself. This is to share and talk about ongoing Google Doodles and bit about the obscure books and titles that Google promotes during such doodle teases.
     
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    When Google honoured Gloria E. Anzaldúa’s 75th Birthday in a doodle, I had no idea who she was.

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    Is she a writer? If she was writing, what was she writing about.

    Gloria Evangelina Anzaldúa (September 26, 1942 – May 15, 2004) was an American scholar of Chicana cultural theory, feminist theory, and queer theory. She loosely based her best-known book, Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza, on her life growing up on the Mexico–Texas border and incorporated her lifelong feelings of social and cultural marginalization into her work. She also developed theories about the marginal, in-between, and mixed cultures that develop along borders.

    What interested me was this para ..

    Anzaldúa's essay '"La Prieta" deals with her manifestation of thoughts and horrors that have constituted her life in Texas. Anzaldúa identifies herself as an entity without a figurative home and/or peoples to completely relate to. To supplement this deficiency, Anzaldúa created her own sanctuary, Mundo Zurdo, whereby her personality transcends the norm-based lines of relating to a certain group. Instead, in her Mundo Zurdo, she is like a "Shiva, a many-armed and legged body with one foot on brown soil, one on white, one in straight society, one in the gay world, the man's world, the women's, one limb in the literary world, another in the working class, the socialist, and the occult worlds"

    I could not find an English translation of her essay so I have to rely on that Hindu imagery she invoked in her Mundo Zurdo. It is good to know someone from Chicana culture versed with Hindu symbolism.
     
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    Nice thread. Recently, on Sept 23, I came across the Google Doodle on Asima Chatterjee.

    Asima Chatterjee's 100th Birthday

    Such women, who a century ago, went about doing what some women struggle to do even now, is always a joy to read about. And often, we wouldn't have heard of them except for Google Doodle.

    Anything of Indian origin in the Google Doodle makes me smile.
     
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    I am a fan of google doodles too. My fav was a recent doodle where you could create your own music.. it was very enjoyable!

    While I enjoy most doodles , I don't know most personalities they are dedicated to. Actually with so many techies here, I wouldn't be surprised if we had someone from here who works on google doodle team, who can probably tell us more about what goes into doodle making.
     
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    Here you go... !!

    I loved this thought of entertaining people who used the google search engine just making them curious for a moment to pass on something informative, was such a great idea :) It;s captivating manier times.. like i almost forget why i opened google for:)
     
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    Two is still a study centre but three volunteers is a university as we recently discovered in one of our chat sessions.

    Rihana and I are old mateys. Hiya to Naari and Archana! You both might have seen me around blabbering or heard whispers about me that I chop off heads and amputate limbs and play goli with eye balls. Mind you, they are not whispers (as long as you have a healthy sense of humour, they are not whispers)

    My exact feeling! I am enamoured of these personalities who feature in Doodles. At times, they are obscure but at times they are loudly screaming and famous and they just happened to be missed out by me. Let's use this thread to discuss the ongoing Doodles and also as Archana mentioned any interesting coverage on the selection and creation of these icons. Cheers!
     
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    Hi there! thanks for the warm welcome & intro! Oh my, is that a threat? I am scared:( I have occasionally stumbled upon your posts with Cheeniya and have quietly escaped from there thinking that's high level talk beyond my comprehension:unamused: Hopefully with greater interactions with you & Miss Riri, we may hope to participate in some higher level conversations someday:wink:
     
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    Hey Ira.. Hi here!!! Thanks for pulling us in the circle:) I have read your posts often..Your are a level higher in your thoughts ! I suppose i can only read all that you write here n learn a lot from them.
    @Rihana i have not come across a day where i have logged in Il and not seen your post in any of the threads. A much active soul in Il.. I have mostly agreed with all that post:)

    Cheers!!
     
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    Google Doodle: September 29, 2017

    Today's Doodle honoured Children's Day in Dominican Republic. I was staring at the Doodle and thinking, what are the kids modeled as, is that a drum?

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    Do you think it is a drum? Any specialized drum. I found no intel on this doodle design. My wild guess is that they were modelled on Dominican tambora.

    The Dominican tambora (from the Spanish word tambor, meaning "drum") is a two headed drum played in merengue music. In many countries, especially the Dominican Republic, tamboras were made from salvaged rum barrels. Performers on the tambora are referred to as tamboreros.

    Then, I looked up the Doodle archives for the day and found

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    Which design do you think is the best?

    I liked the Mars rotation holding a drink (hurray! water found)
    The Austrian election doodle is intricate. I wonder if those ballot casting hands represented any political theme.

    But the most interesting was,

    29 September 2016
    Ladislao José Biro’s 117th birthday


    You may not know the name Ladislao José Bíro, but you certainly know his most famous invention: the ballpoint pen.

    Bíro was born in Budapest, Hungary, into a Jewish family. A journalist by trade, Bíro noticed how efficiently newspapers were printed and how quickly the ink dried – in stark contrast to his fountain pen. He worked with his brother, György Bíro, a chemist, to develop a new type of pen made up of a ball that turned in a socket. As the ball turned, it picked up ink from a cartridge and rolled to deposit it on paper, much like a newsprint roller transfers an inked image to paper. Bíro presented the first prototype of the ballpoint pen at the Budapest International Fair in 1931, later patenting his invention in 1938. To this day, the ballpoint pen is still referred to as the “Biro” in several countries.


    When Ladislao José Biro is introduced with "you may not know", I feel happy as I really don't know. Growing up in India, I had never heard that ballpoint pen is also known as "biro". Did anyone?
     
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    those in the Dominican children's day thing are dreidels..... if it is wound with a rope and spun down on the floor, then it is a beigoma.

    Learned it is called a lattoo in urudu/hindi:
     
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